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Alvernia Students See Japan

Date: 2/3/2009

The Alvernia University Business and Theology departments are in the second year of a cooperative program offering educational travel during Winterim.

This year, Marketing Professor Jonathan Silver led a small group of students (Jackie Hamel, Liz Hamel, Cherish Clemens, Molly Crosby) to Japan.

The group visited Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka.  They visited many cultural sites, religious shrines and Japanese businesses.

The group saw first-hand the theological values and business savvy that make Japan a global economic power. They visited the Tokyo Stock Exchange, several Japanese businesses, and numerous cultural and religious attractions.

Among many memorable experiences, the group visited a Toyota production facility outside Nagoya in Toyota City. “You can read about the management concepts, teamwork and efficiency that Toyota employs, but to see the operation is stunning,” Silver said.

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  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
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